Friday, May 11, 2012

Can my California Prior Felony Conviction Be Used Against Me in My Arizona DUI Case? Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer - AZ DUI Team

The simple answer to this is “Maybe.”

It is important to get a quality DUI Attorney who knows how to truly handle people with prior felony convictions from California.

Most attorneys don’t want to deal with the complexity that comes with researching the issue of a California prior felony conviction (also known as a foreign prior felony conviction).

Most attorneys will just tell you that your California prior felony conviction can be used against you in Arizona, but that is the work of an attorney that really doesn’t care about you, and doesn’t care about fighting the case.

Just because a prosecutor alleges a California prior felony conviction doesn’t mean that it can really be used against you in Arizona… even if the name of the California prior felony conviction matches the name of an Arizona felony offense.

Generally speaking, a prior felony conviction for some non-DUI criminal offense can be used against a person when they are charged with Aggravated DUI (felony).  A prior felony conviction does not have to be a prior felony DUI conviction in order for it to be used against a person.

However, there are certain requirements that must be met in order for a California Prior Felony Conviction to be used against you when you are charged with an Aggravated DUI (felony) in Arizona.

It comes down to how old the prior felony conviction is, what offense it was, what the California law was at the time of arrest, what the Arizona law was at the time of arrest, and how many prior felony convictions you have.

This is why it is very important to contact an Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer.

An Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer knows the ins and outs of researching whether a California prior felony conviction can be used against you in your current Aggravated DUI case.

This can literally mean the difference between a few days in jail/prison, and a few years!

If you are currently charged with, or expect to get charged with, a Misdemeanor DUI or Felony DUI, it is important to talk to an Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer as soon as possible. 

Contact The AZ DUI Team for a Free Consultation – 602-DUI-Team (602-384-8326) -

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